The Fair Work Ombudsman has tabled their 2017-2018 Annual Report in Parliament. If anyone had any doubt about the impact that the FWO is having on those who would try to avoid compliance, the numbers say it all – for the 2017-18 year:
- The FWO helped workers and businesses resolve more than 28,000 workplace disputes, a five per cent increase on the previous year.
- The agency assisted over 376,000 callers
- There was a record 16.7 million visits to www.fairwork.gov.au.
- Anonymous reports increased by 44 per cent to over 15,000.
- Fair Work Inspectors completed more than 4,500 workplace audits.
- They recovered close to $30 million for workers.
- There was also a 49 per cent increase in penalties handed down by the courts in 2017-18 to $7.2 million.
- The highest penalty under the Fair Work Act was $660,020 in a matter involving a migrant worker.
So anyone who is in business (or thinking about going into business) and doesn’t know what their obligations are, find out and comply with them.
Or give us a call on 0438 533 311 for a free introductory consultation on what you need to do.